Virginia fans were feeling good about their chances when there were 30 seconds to go and the Hoos were up 10-8. But with a team like No. 5 Stony Brook and the Seawolves' prolific offense, there's no rest for the weary. Stony Brook would score twice in the final 21 seconds to knot the game at 10, sending it into a golden goal overtime, where Steele Stanwick scored his fifth goal of the night to win the game for the Cavaliers.
And they did so without two of the best middies in the country, Shamel Bratton and brother Rhamel Bratton, who were suspended due to a violation of team rules, and who did not travel for the game. The team did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding this.
Stanwick was responsible for seven points coming from five goals two assists, leading the Cavaliers in both categories, and really stepping up for a Hoos squad in serious danger with the loss of the Bratton twins and a very young defense.
Senior goalie Adam Ghitelman had nine saves as he picked up his 40th career win, just the 17th player in NCAA D1 history to do so. Ghitelman ties predecessor Kip Turner atop the school's record books in wins.
Stony Brook has never beaten the Virginia, though they fell by just one in the NCAA quarterfinals last season. The Hoos' overtime victory Saturday afternoon was the first OT game they played since playing seven against Maryland to set a national record.
Next on the men's lacrosse schedule is a 7:00 p.m. tune-up in Charlottesville against VMI. No word yet on whether the Brattons will return for that game.